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Dundee homes receive energy efficent makeover in time for Christmas through £7.5million investment

Dundee residents will benefit from warmer, more energy efficient homes this winter.

Scottish Gas and Dundee City Council provide almost 500 homes in the Lochee area with internal and external wall insulation.

Almost 500 Dundee residents are set to benefit from warmer homes this winter thanks to a £7.5 million energy efficiency partnership between Dundee City Council and Scottish Gas.

Scottish Gas and Dundee City Council have installed internal and external wall insulation on council homes, improving the living conditions. As well as making homes warmer, the work is also dramatically improving the look of the buildings.

The scheme began in March 2013 and work will be completed this month. Almost 500 homes in Lochee have been insulated, making them more energy efficient and easier to heat.

More than 200 flats in two multi-story blocks in Adamsons and Elders Courts have been externally insulated and received a new state-of-the art biomass district heating system, making them warmer, easier to heat and more energy efficient.

Residents of 225 flats in Kirk Street and Yeamans Lane have also had a new heating system installed, and 130 flats have also been insulated. The work was funded by the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme which focuses on providing energy efficiency measures to low income and vulnerable customers and those living in hard to heat homes.

British Gas has been actively seeking to deliver energy efficiency measures under the ECO scheme, since its inception in January 2013, primarily through its contractual arrangements, and has now invested in excess of the £420 million committed in 2013 and the £350 million committed in the first half of 2014.

Kevin Roxburgh, Managing Director, Scottish Gas, said: “It’s a great opportunity for us to be working in partnership with Dundee City Council and bringing positive benefits to people’s lives. We know household budgets are stretched and this work is helping local people to live in comfortable, warm homes whilst keeping energy costs down.

“Dundee residents can expect to see a continued improvement to their community in the coming months.” John Alexander, convener of Dundee City Council’s housing committee said:

“Our partnership with Scottish Gas and the Scottish Government to harness ECO funding has proved popular and successful with our tenants in Lochee. “This scheme is only one part of our response to fuel poverty in the city, and one which I am pleased is providing warm homes that are easier to heat and more fuel efficient.” For more information visit www.scottishgas.co.uk.

Notes to editors

About British Gas’ ECO

The Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) focuses on providing energy efficiency measures to low income and vulnerable consumers and those living in 'hard to treat' properties. The ECO replaces the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target and the Community Energy Saving Programme after the introduction of the Green Deal.

For more information contact:

British Gas Press Office
British Gas
0800 107 7015
media@britishgas.co.uk

British Gas is the UK's leading energy supplier, and serves around 11 million homes in Britain –nearly half the country's homes – as well as providing energy to around half a million UK businesses. British Gas provides value for money, dedicated customer service, innovative energy solutions and the highest quality Home Services expertise in the country. Find out more at www.britishgas.co.uk.


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